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      01-03-2019, 08:43 AM   #1
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Tested the x5 M50d for a couple of days and tested also the 30d.
The M50d is faster and a very nice car. But the 30d is fast enough for me because it's no sports car.
The M50d comes standard with M sport exhaust system. For the 30d this is an option. The 30d I testes was equipped with the M post exhaust system, but the sound is not the same like the M50d. When starting the engine, the M50d revs for some seconds witch is very nice. when driving, both cars in the same (comfort) mode, the M50d sounds still better than the 30d, even with the M sport exhaust on the 30d. Is there a possibility to let the 30d sound just like the M50d?
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I have 50d and most of all sounds much better when in sport. I would want somehow to unblock the sound even when in comfort mode
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Since the engine is larger and different to some degree you won't be able to mimic the sound externally. Of course you can use ASD to sound the same as a M50d inside but that's not the point.
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Did you notice if there is a difference from outside the car?
If not, what you are hearing is the ASD - sound coming from the speakers.
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      01-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #5
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Did you notice if there is a difference from outside the car?
If not, what you are hearing is the ASD - sound coming from the speakers.
Both, difference inside and outside the car.
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Since the engine is larger and different to some degree you won't be able to mimic the sound externally. Of course you can use ASD to sound the same as a M50d inside but that's not the point.
The engine displacement is the same. 30d,40d and 50d are all 3000cc. The main diference is the turbos. 30d single, 40d twin and 50d quad
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How is the comfort for both cars, are both cars on air suspension or M50d with DHP and M adaptive suspension professional?

I really want to see how air suspension compare to DHP with M Adaptive suspension professional. Especially in City driving with bad roads and pot holes.

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Since the engine is larger and different to some degree you won't be able to mimic the sound externally. Of course you can use ASD to sound the same as a M50d inside but that's not the point.
The engine displacement is the same. 30d,40d and 50d are all 3000cc. The main diference is the turbos. 30d single, 40d twin and 50d quad
the turbos could play a role here for the better sound. I haven't seen or driven a M30d/M50d since I'm in th US. I guess it depends on what you want, if you can afford the M50d go for it, otherwise the 30d. I'm sure there will be a way to make it sound better.
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I test drove both before making my decision, i agree with android robot if you can afford the M50d then go for it.
I went for the M50d, and thought did i make the right choice repeatedly, then my one arrived and i drove it, any doubts i had dissipated within seconds.

Its a different beast completely;

admittedly i have had a few issues with mine, resulting with it ending up in the service department again, but all quickly ironed out.

i think i would be living with "why didnt i" if i got the 30d...
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I test drove both before making my decision, i agree with android robot if you can afford the M50d then go for it.
I went for the M50d, and thought did i make the right choice repeatedly, then my one arrived and i drove it, any doubts i had dissipated within seconds.

Its a different beast completely;

admittedly i have had a few issues with mine, resulting with it ending up in the service department again, but all quickly ironed out.

i think i would be living with "why didnt i" if i got the 30d...
Did you go with the standard suspension or upgrade to the air or dhp professional suspension?
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I test drove both before making my decision, i agree with android robot if you can afford the M50d then go for it.
I went for the M50d, and thought did i make the right choice repeatedly, then my one arrived and i drove it, any doubts i had dissipated within seconds.

Its a different beast completely;

admittedly i have had a few issues with mine, resulting with it ending up in the service department again, but all quickly ironed out.

i think i would be living with "why didnt i" if i got the 30d...
Did you go with the standard suspension or upgrade to the air or dhp professional suspension?
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I test drove both before making my decision, i agree with android robot if you can afford the M50d then go for it.
I went for the M50d, and thought did i make the right choice repeatedly, then my one arrived and i drove it, any doubts i had dissipated within seconds.

Its a different beast completely;

admittedly i have had a few issues with mine, resulting with it ending up in the service department again, but all quickly ironed out.

i think i would be living with "why didnt i" if i got the 30d...
Did you go with the standard suspension or upgrade to the air or dhp professional suspension?
Kept it standard mate... that coupled with the 22" wheels makes a nice ride.
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How does it handle the London potholes? I have the F15 with DHP and 20" and some of the poor London roads really make it shake
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Yea would love to know too. I would guess DHP with Adaptive Suspension Professional would be more comfortable to the standard suspension and Air being the most comfortable among all especially with 22".

I test drove 40i with Air on 21inch wheels and is very comfortable. I am waiting for M50i I am not sure should I stick with Air or go with DHP with Adaptive Professional Suspension on the standard 22inch wheels.
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Since the engine is larger and different to some degree you won't be able to mimic the sound externally. Of course you can use ASD to sound the same as a M50d inside but that's not the point.
It's the same engine, but the 50d had 4 turbo's and the 30d only one. I drove both cars without the air suspension but with the 22 inch wheels. Very comfy!
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I have the 50d and I love the sound in sport mode. Is fake but is great. My wife has macan diesel also with fake sound and doesn't come even closer
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Is there a possibility to let the 30d sound just like the M50d?
Nope.

As mentioned, turbo setup, mapping and fake sound generator all mean that you'll never get a 30d to sound like a 50d.
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I have the 50d and I love the sound in sport mode. Is fake but is great. My wife has macan diesel also with fake sound and doesn't come even closer
Indeed. Very nice sound! The best sound for a diesel!
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Nope.

As mentioned, turbo setup, mapping and fake sound generator all mean that you'll never get a 30d to sound like a 50d.
The turbo setup can't let the car sound better. Turbo's are always a bad thing for sound. Maybe remapping en change the fake sound generator would be an option.

I don't want my 30d look like a M50d because it is'nt a M50d, but i really like the sound of this diesel!
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I’ve been told if you order the M-Sport exhaust on the 30d you get the similar fake sound to the 50d. The sound is played internally and also externally using a speaker type setup in the exhaust system, like the set up on the higher end Audi diesels.
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I’ve been told if you order the M-Sport exhaust on the 30d you get the similar fake sound to the 50d. The sound is played internally and also externally using a speaker type setup in the exhaust system, like the set up on the higher end Audi diesels.
I hope this is true, I can’t wait to find out.
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Speakers in the exhaust system externally? Now I have heard everything!!!

Looking forward to hearing a 40i with Sports Exhaust which will hopefully have a real[ly] good sound.
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